Turkey aiming for S-400 missile deal with Russia despite US threats to cancel offer of F-35s and Patriot missiles

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Ankara will stay on course to get the Russian-made S-400 anti-aircraft system despite Washington’s carrot-and-stick offer of alternative Patriot missiles and threats to jeopardize other arms deals, a top Turkish MP has confirmed. There will be no change to the multi-billion deal Moscow and Ankara inked back in 2017, according to Volkan Bozkir, head of Turkish parliament’s foreign affairs committee. Bozkir, who is in Washington this week, said purchasing the S-400 has nothing to do with Turkey’s plans to possibly buy the Patriots as well. “With regard to Patriots, if the opportunity is at a level we desire, we have expressed we could also buy those too,” he stated. Expanding on that, the Turkish MP said Ankara had already paid most of the price for the S-400s and the weapons systems are expected to arrive in November.

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